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8 Days

Sha Gogona

Trek to the beautiful Phobjikha valley (3,000m), one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan, which lies in the mountains east of Wangduephodrang. After crossing over the pass you soon come to the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few kilometers down from the monastery, on the valley floor.

This quiet, remote valley is the chosen winter home of the rare black-necked cranes, who migrate here annually from the Tibetan plateau. This moderate trek visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows and fields, then forests of juniper, magnolia, and rhododendrons in full bloom in April. It is one of the finest low-level treks in Bhutan.

Season: The best times for this trek are March to May, and September to November. The best months are April and early May when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

Discover the Magic of Sha Gogona: An Unforgettable Trek in the Himalayas

What awaits you in the Phobjikha Valley, nestled in the Himalayas at an altitude of 3000 meters? This stunning region, one of the last glacial valleys in the area, is renowned for its rare black-necked cranes. These elusive birds choose Phobjikha as their winter migratory stopover, flying in from the Tibetan Plateau, offering a unique spectacle for nature enthusiasts.

Why should you consider trekking through Gantey Valley in Bhutan? Gantey is a breathtakingly beautiful valley, home to the distinguished Gangtey Gompa Monastery. This monastery, unique for being the only Nyingmapa monastery on the Western side of the Black Mountains, adds a touch of spiritual intrigue to your journey. This trek isn’t just about the physical challenge; it’s an immersive experience through the cultural heart of Bhutan.

Your journey through Gantey Valley isn’t just a walk; it’s an exploration through vibrant meadows, fields, and enchanting forests of magnolia, rhododendron, and juniper. Recognized as one of Bhutan’s finest low-level treks, it offers an accessible yet unforgettable adventure.

This eleven-day package is expertly crafted to maximize your experience. Three days are devoted to trekking from Gangtey to Wangdiphodrang, ensuring you soak in every bit of the valley’s natural beauty. The rest of your time is spent on excursions and visits to various destinations of historical, religious, natural, and cultural significance in Bhutan. Embrace the opportunity to delve into the heart of Bhutanese life and landscape.

Don’t miss this chance to explore the Phobjikha Valley, a hidden gem in the Himalayas. This trek promises not just a journey through stunning landscapes, but a deeper understanding of Bhutan’s rich heritage and natural wonders.

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Detailed Program

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative, and transferred to Thimphu on completion of arrival formalities.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

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After breakfast, morning tour of Thimphu, visiting National Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, National Library, and Institute for Zorig Chusum (generally known as the Painting School), where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

After lunch drive for about 5 hours to Gangtey. En route cross Dochu-la pass (3,088m) and drives by Wangduephodrang Dzong.

Overnight at camp/farmhouse, Gangtey.

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Time & Distance: 15km, 6-7 hours
Trek commences today. The trail winds gradually upwards-through meadows and fields, ascending to Tsele-la pass (3, 400m) where we stop for lunch. The trail then descends gradually for some time through forests of junipers, bamboo, magnolias, and rhododendrons. After a last short climb, we reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language called Bjopkha (the language of nomads).

Overnight camp.

Time & Distance: 16km, 6-7 hours
The trail winds up gently above Gogona village, climbing into a forest of firs, oak, spruce, rhododendron, cypress, and junipers. A long and gradual climb takes us up to Shobju-la pass (3,400m). The path leads down to the wide valley of Khotokha, where the people of Sha (a region of Wangduephodrang district) come in summer to graze their animals.

Overnight camp.

Time & Distance: 12km, 5 hours
A short ascent takes us to a pass, from which the path descends steeply through ever-changing vegetation till finally reaching the bridge at Wangduephodrang. The trek ends here.

Overnight at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.

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Morning drive to Paro, en route visiting Simtokha Dzong. Today’s sightseeing in Paro includes visits to Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, and Kyichu Lhakhang.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

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After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for a flight to your onward destination, enjoying superb mountain views from the aircraft as you fly out of the valley. Soon you leave Bhutan shrouded in mist and surrounded by her guardian peaks.

  • Inclusion
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  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

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